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Tom Let
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What brings you to Follett?
For many years I've been interested, among other things, in Follett's idea of integration and the application of this very important concept to real life situations.

I am not a scholar and I do not have the leisure to take a very active part in any discussion forums, etc. However, I am always interested what others have to say about this topic.

Here are some links to a couple of my writings that might clarify my basic outlook:

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At 7:11pm on July 12, 2009, Matthew Shapiro said…
Glad you are here. And I hope the network isn't just scholars - Follett would be happier to see activists, social workers, teachers, managers...anyone...interested in what she had to say.
At 6:18pm on December 6, 2009, Jeff Bedolla said…
The question you offered asking for others' experience with using such principles as integration in our daily lives interests me and has me thinking. This looks like a good opening to me, so I thought I'd let you know there's a 'nibble on the (on)line'! I've got a tab open to your links (Here are some links to a couple of my writings that might clarify my basic outlook:>>) and I am enjoying the quotes.


Jeff Bedolla
At 9:49pm on December 6, 2009, Jeff Bedolla said…
Oh, that was just a copy paste of your posting, it was to show that I followed your suggestion to visit your site to learn more of how you see things. I like many of those quotes, some I wonder if they reflect positions I would challenge. There's getting to be a lot of traffic to follow on this site. But I still have your tab open.

I like Emerson a lot. Emerson was influenced by Carlyle and Carlyle was appreciative of the German Idealist philosophy tradition...which of course includes Fichte. I was glad to discover MPF had been exposed to Fichte. I read the main part of Anna Thompson's book on Fichte.

At 5:07pm on December 14, 2009, Jeff Bedolla said…
I first picked up Emerson when I was 18 or 19, I can't remember exactly. I just felt Emerson was important. I couldn't understand it then. I can relate to his journey into non-conventionality, and "The problem of the career", which came together rather neatly for him. I'm more like Thoreau, in the way that Emerson made a comfortable niche for himself, but for some of us it's not that easy. Mary Follett is a model of hanging in there and taking the road where it leads.

Self-Reliance is great. I refer to that regularly. The American Scholar...I haven't read RWE systematically. I like the way he composed his essays. The Transcendental tradition is important.

I went through your quotes. Right now I'm focusing on the strictly German vein of Idealism. Carlyle--a major friend and mentor of RWE--was influenced by the German philosophers. Fichte influenced Thompson, Thompson influenced Follett. Transcendental thought is sort of poetic philosophy. Fichteanism is pure rationality. That's why Thompson's Unity of Fichte's Doctrine of Knowledge is so helpful to me. Anna Thompson makes Fichte accessible.


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